The Brazil City Police Department is requesting information from the public regarding several recent investigations in the city.
Although case information is limited due to the ongoing investigations, Detective Clint McQueen told The Brazil Times Sunday some items reported stolen during five cases within the past week have been recovered.
On Wednesday, Feb. 20, Captain David Archer began two theft investigations. The first was with Andy Allander, the owner of Clover Signs, 34 E. National Ave., who reported a company truck was damaged. Allander said someone damaged the gasoline tank and stole gasoline from it while parked in front of the business.
The second theft investigation was at the Brazil Public Library, 307 N Walnut St. Employees reported that three large pieces of limestone, originally part of the old building, were taken from in front of the storage building. Plans were to use the limestone to make benches for the new facility.
On Monday, Feb. 25, Patrolman Mike Perrine began a burglary investigation at Hunter Oil, 212 S Chicago St. Bob Clawson reported two computers were taken during a break in at the business sometime overnight. McQueen said some items reported missing during the burglary were recovered, but the investigation remains open.
On Tuesday, Feb. 26, Patrolman Andrew Whittington and Detective Clint McQueen investigated a burglary at Warren Tire, 220 E National Ave. Tony Bowles told the officers the business was broken into sometime overnight and a new MATCO truck bed tool box was taken, as well as several electronic diagnostic computers, a MIG welder and assorted hand tools.
On Wednesday, Feb. 27, Sgt. Mark Loudermilk began a theft from vehicle investigation when Sherry Chapman reported her vehicle was broken into while parked at work. An employee at Fast Max Sunoco, 939 E National Ave., Chapman said someone took her Jensen in-dash stereo CD player stolen while the vehicle was parked behind the building.
Although it is unclear who the alleged suspects are at this time, McQueen said it is possible the thefts and burglaries could be connected.
"These incidents could be involved in a larger overall investigation involving the potential of a local burglary crew operating in the area. We are getting great assistance from the public on these crimes, and want them to continue reporting information in these types of cases," McQueen said, adding that officers are looking for at least one person of interest that may have information about these cases, and more.
"We're closing in, and it's because of the amount of great information provided by the public," McQueen said.
To report information about these cases, or any others, contact Det. McQueen, Captain Archer or Police Chief Terry Harrison at the Brazil City Police Department at 446-2211.